Good to hear that namma metro is all geared to start from October 20 2011. But few people or rather should i say majority would feel this would ease the traffic movement... but i am little apprehensive of this.
It may ease the traffic movement partially and not completely. It all depends on the individual to choose which mode of transport. The onus lies on the authorities who manage and run this namma metro rail. They should ensure large masses of people utiilze this service.
Again there is a catch here, if the traffic movement eases, people would still have the tendency to have their own vehicles and now that affordability is just a click of a button, you would find more personal vehicles on the street. And there are those who are so accustomed to use a rickshaw and they feel it is more convinient to hire an auto than a metro. It is too early to come to a conclusion on the effectiveness of namma metrol utilization.
That way if you see, BMTC is most largest public transport service, yet its service is not fully utilized because of the callaous nature of the management, bus drivers/conductors, support staff etc.
Last but not the least, the individual role plays a major part. Unless the government brings an order to use either public transport or metro rail, people would continue to use their personal vehicles as a mode of transport. If Bangalore has to be like Singapore, it needs to adapt some of the civic rules too. I may be wrong, but i do understand that personal vehicles are not allowed at all times.
We need to bring some discipline amongst ourselves, the goverment cannot be sitting at the back door and watching... granting licenses to these projects is not the end of their job, they should adopt in some traffic policies to streamline the traffic movement. It is a collective effort and solely on a single individual or management.